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Emergency Dentistry Right When You Need It!

Patient holding jaw in pain (If you or a loved one are currently in the middle of a dental emergency, please call us as quickly as you can so we can start helping you right away!)

Dental emergencies are never, ever expected. It’s really hard to anticipate when a knocked out tooth or broken crown will happen, but when it does, you need to seek out dental care as soon as you can to keep the problem from getting worse.

At Elmbrook Family Dental, we’re ready to be there for people should the unexpected ever happen to their smile. Our team has dealt with countless dental emergencies over the years, and we always try to see emergency patients the same day that they call in. If you’re in pain, we won’t keep you waiting! We’ll get you in as soon as possible so we can fix your problem right away. 

Call Us in Case of the Following Dental Emergencies:

  • Knocked out teeth
  • Partially dislodged teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Severe toothache
  • Abscessed teeth
  • Lost or damaged dental work (fillings, crowns, bridges, dentures, dental implants)
  • Object stuck between the teeth
  • Injury to the lips, gums, or jaw
  • Pain or swelling in the face

If you are unsure whether or not your situation is an emergency, just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to let you know what you should do next.

However, if you believe that you have suffered a broken bone in addition to your dental injury, or if you can’t stop bleeding after 10 minutes, please head straight to your local emergency room first. Give us a call only after you have been cleared to leave.

Tips For Dental Emergencies

These following tips will help you handle an emergency before you can make it to our office:

  • Try to find any missing/broken portions of teeth/dental work.
  • Rinse them off with warm (not hot) water.
  • Have the victim gently rinse their mouth with water as well.
  • Place a missing/broken tooth back into the mouth if possible. If not, put it in a container of milk or saltwater. A tooth must stay wet until we can see you to keep it viable for reattachment!
  • Use a cold compress in 10-minute intervals to help with pain and swelling.
  • Use a clean rag or gauze to stop any bleeding.
  • OTC medication can help with pain as well, but avoid aspirin, as this could actually make bleeding worse.

Dental Emergency FAQ’s

At Elmbrook Family Dental, one of our goals is to provide our patients with the tools they need to effectively respond to dental emergencies. We know there’s no way to completely prevent these unfortunate situations, but you can at least be prepared. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions about dental emergencies. Continue reading to get the vital information you need.

What qualifies as a dental emergency?

Identifying a dental emergency isn’t always the easiest thing to do. Here are some telltale signs to be on the lookout for:

  • Intense pain
  • Bleeding
  • Loose or broken tooth
  • Knocked-out tooth
  • Swelling
  • Visible abscess 
  • Loose crown or filling

Do I need to head to the hospital?

In most cases, we can treat a dental emergency at our Brookfield office. However, there are some situations that require you to immediately head to the emergency room.

One such occasion is when you’ve had oral bleeding that has lasted for more than 10 minutes. You should also visit the hospital if you suspect you have a broken jaw. Both matters are time-sensitive, so you should act without any hesitation.

will I need a root canal?

The typical reason for a root canal is there is prolonged tooth decay that has reached the sensitive inner area of a tooth where the canals and nerve endings are located. At this point, a simple filling won’t suffice. However, root canal therapy, if done in time, can still salvage the tooth and restore your oral health.

Should I seek immediate care for a dental emergency?

If you have a dental emergency, it will only get worse if ignored. Therefore, it’s best to have it treated as soon as possible. This will prevent any unnecessary suffering, and in some cases, it can help you avoid more complex forms of care.

Will my insurance cover dental emergency care?

Dental insurance plans can vary greatly. Therefore, you’ll need to review the details of yours to determine exactly what dental emergencies are covered, as in some cases it can change based on the specific form of treatment you need. You don’t have to shoulder the burden by yourself, though, as our friendly staff members will file your insurance claims so you can get the maximum benefits and ease the strain on your wallet.

If you have any other dental emergency FAQ’s, or you or a loved one is dealing with any form of dental trauma, don’t hesitate to give us a call.